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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Chicago hospital fined for masking policy after nurses file complaint

    A Chicago community hospital has been fined nearly $13,500 by Fed-OSHA after it was cited late last year for not following federal guidelines related to respirator use for workers treating COVID-19 patients. According to union nurses, the inspection last year that resulted in the citations was spurred from complaints they made after three of their fellow nurses died of COVID-19. Chicago Sun-Times

     

    Miami Tower janitors allege retaliation for protesting unfair conditions

    Janitors from Miami Tower recently protested against working conditions and harassment after a complaint was filed with Fed-OSHA about the use of noxious chemical spray to disinfect the building while janitors were still inside. The group also says that one of their cleaners was recently attacked by a man as she attempted to walk to her car, and in response the company began to offer its janitors parking spots for $50 a month. NBC Miami

     

    Employee injured in ladder fall at metro Boston worksite

    A 30-year-old man fell off a 10-foot ladder while working Monday at a Framingham, Massachusetts building last Monday. The incident is not the first at the building: in September 2019, another man fell at least 20 feet through a rotted portion of a ceiling and suffered serious head injuries. MetroWest Daily News

     

    Injury, illness reporting deadline looms

    Fed-OSHA is reminding employers they must submit 2020 injury and illness data by March 2. Employers required to submit the data to Fed-OSHA include those whose employees are classified in high-risk industries, such as facility service staff. Electronic submission of this data is required by establishments with 20-249 employees classified in the high-risk industries, as well as all establishments with 250 or more employees. Cleaning & Maintenance Management

     

    New York City-area cemetery employee killed in grave cave-in

    A Suffolk County, New York cemetery employee was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday morning when the seven-foot-deep grave he was working in collapsed on him. Fed-OSHA is investigating. Newsday

     

    OR-OSHA cites builder, sub for safety violations in roofer’s death

    Oregon-OSHA has determined that the construction company on a Bend high school project maintained unsafe conditions that contributed to the death of a 38-year-old roofer who fell 45 feet to the concrete below in August, issuing it a serious safety violation and $2,450 fine. Its roofing subcontractor also was cited for a serious violation and fined $3,600, for allegedly not ensuring he was trained on using a cart on a pitched roof. Bend Bulletin

     

    Researchers link legalized cannabis to decline in work injuries

    Adults between 42 and 60 years old claim up to 20 percent less in workers’ compensation benefits in states where recreational cannabis is legal, according to a new study analyzing nine years of data. The research also found the drug caused an associated decline in the rate of non-fatal work injuries. NorthJersey